Strategy

Is this A Tap on Your Shoulder?

It has happened again. An innocent conversation with a near neighbour told a story of another business owner who has had a meltdown brought on by the stresses of running a business. I know the pattern. I remember the same...

Strategy

The Breakfast of Champions and The Power of Feedback

They say that feedback is the breakfast of champions which is probably one of those glib statements that we hear from time to time and never really stop to think about. I am a fan of motorbike racing and it...

Strategy

Use Inukshuk to scale your business

We are a strange breed, humankind. A breed full of paradoxes. We yearn for stability but as a species, it is our collective and individual restlessness and desire to do more, to be more and to have more that means...

Strategy

How Good Are You At Saying No?

Just say no. I seem to have been talking a lot about strategy recently. It is one of those often-used words that is not often thought about enough, and not understood enough. To me, strategy refers to that myriad of...

Strategy

People First

Simon Sinek once wrote that “if you don’t understand people you don’t understand business”. Business is, above all, about humanity. It’s about people. Businesses are created by people to serve people and it is, despite the rise of computers, robots...

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Purpose

I have written blogs before about the importance of purpose for each of us as individuals and about the role that Core Purpose can play in aligning the team in our organisation. I was reading something recently by Salim Ismail...

Strategy

Significance

This is probably the favourite of all of the quotations I have gathered over recent years “If adults don’t like their jobs they don’t go on strike. They just go in every day and do it really half-arsed” I don’t...

Strategy

On the Spectrum

One of the advantages of doing something for a long time is that it enables us to recognise patterns and pattern recognition is a useful human trait. It is thought that pattern recognition allows batsmen to notice what sort of...

Strategy

Books not read

I was visiting an office development recently when I noticed a pile of stuff awaiting collection in one of the public areas. It looked like the last stages of an office having been vacated. Now there are many reasons why...

Strategy

Core

I was playing a very old, badly reproduced, video on Core Values to some clients last week. Steve Jobs was talking about Apple. He said ‘what we’re about isn’t making boxes for people to get their jobs done. Although we...

Strategy

Pride

I have just picked up a book by Jon Katzenbach called ‘Why Pride Matters More Than Money’. If you haven’t come across Katzenbach before I can highly recommend him as the co-author of one of the best books on team...

Strategy

The Role of Management

Times are changing and inevitably as we live in a time of ever quickening change some things get left behind. I think that the art of selling is something which is much rarer now than it was before, as is...